October 5th, 2008

Whale fluke

Today's generic sports post

To ease my pain, I've switched channels from Seahawks at Giants to Chargers at Dolphins, which is still actually a contest. (C'mon, Seahawks! You can do better than that.)

Next football games on my TV today are Pats at 49ers (not interested) and the late game of Steelers at Jaguars (I may be interested). Okay, I can get on to other things, 'cause yes, there's life beyond the NFL.

Now, via popfiend, author John Scalzi on the Cubs once again not making to the World Series:
I firmly believe that the Cubs, when pressed, will always find a way to lose in the clutch. It is their destiny and heavy responsibility to be the sport’s designated losers — a destiny they previously shared with the Red Sox, but which they now carry alone, which of course makes it an even heavier responsibility. As I’ve noted before, if the Cubs were to win, what would they gain? A sports championship, to be sure, but how special can a World Series win actually be if even the Florida Marlins have won it? Twice?
More quotables at the link. By the way, Scalzi's entry title makes me think the Cubs should NEVER sign a player named Godot.
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Wow, he really likes Bear McCreary

"LONDON (AP) -- A court has suspended the license of a truck driver who careened down a highway while watching episodes of Battlestar Galactica on a laptop computer atop his dashboard.

"Police say Benjamin Trotman drove for 25 miles (40 kilometers) in northern England last December with one eye on the cult sci-fi show. A traffic officer who pulled him over found the show still playing on his computer.

"Trotman's lawyer claimed he had been looking at Google Maps while listening to the sound from the show. But Trotman pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at an earlier hearing.

"On Friday, a justice of the peace banned him from driving for 15 months. He also was sentenced to 225 hours of community service and ordered to pay $970 in costs."
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Whale fluke

Voice Post

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“This is a vocal reminder to myself that one of these days, one of these months, I should do a phone post while I am at the Bagdad waiting for the monthly film to start. I should've done that. I'll try to do that next time. Next month's, by the way, will be "Army of Darkness," so Bruce Campbell-battling-Deadite action will be what we are treated to. I'm looking forward to this. Anyway, more about that later. In the meantime, I feel like reciting. I will recite the Weird Al Yankovic song "Bob." Let's see if we should try to sound like Weird Al's Dylan impersonation or not...


You're welcome.”

Transcribed by: chris_walsh
Whale fluke

"[You must imply that] without your intervention and your important book, Africa is doomed."

Another link via popfiend:

How (Not) to Write About Africa

...In your text, treat Africa as if it were one country. It is hot and dusty with rolling grasslands and huge herds of animals and tall, thin people who are starving. Or it is hot and steamy with very short people who eat primates. Don't get bogged down with precise descriptions. Africa is big: fifty-four countries, 900 million people who are too busy starving and dying and warring and emigrating to read your book. The continent is full of deserts, jungles, highlands, savannahs and many other things, but your reader doesn't care about all that, so keep your descriptions romantic and evocative and unparticular.

...Taboo subjects: ordinary domestic scenes, love between Africans (unless a death is involved), references to African writers or intellectuals, mention of school-going children who are not suffering from yaws or Ebola fever or female genital mutilation...
Written by Binyavanga Wainaina, and worth pondering.
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A random act of kindness

A sign of a good person is that person doing what he or she can to help: maybe helping a stranger, maybe performing what we call "a random act of kindness."

As reported by the Norwegian newspaper VG (VG's Wiki) and passed along by Daily Kos, in 1988 law student Barack Obama helped out a woman about to fly to Norway by paying an unexpected $103 fee she couldn't afford.

He helped her; she got to Norway and paid him back; and 18 years later, in 2006, the woman's parents wrote then-Sen. Obama thanking him for his help. And now it's remembered again. I wanted to share that.

(Link found in this entry by cmpriest)